To demonstrate the capabilities of CORE, we have developed a mobile application for the Android system that allows navigating and downloading content harvested from Open Access repositories. The application is freely available and downloadable from the Android Market. It works both on SmartPhones and table devices. This allows anybody to read their favourite research articles offline when travelling.
It is not even a week to go, until CORE will be presented at the OAI7 Workshop in Geneva. This will provide networking and dissemination opportunities. CORE is now in the phase of heavy testing and bug fixing. We are working towards being able to roll it out to more repositories and are including more data frequently. The poster presents the main objectives of the CORE system and the three applications developed on top of CORE, i.e. CORE Portal, CORE Mobile and the CORE Plugin. While the first two applications are already operation the last one will be released by the end of July. The CORE poster can be downloaded here.
CORE has been accepted for a presentation at the CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI7). OAI7 ( http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=103325 ) takes place in June in Geneva. OAI7 is one of the most important events in the Open Access publishing field. It is aimed at those involved in the development of Open Access (OA) repositories and those who can influence the direction of developments either within their institution, their country or at an international level – that includes technical developers of OA bibliographic databases and connected services, research information policy developers at university or library level, funding bodies concerned with access to the results of their research, OA publishers,and influential researchers keen to lead OA developments in their own field.
In the last weeks we have invested a significant effort in the development of CORE administration tools. These tools will allow an easier maintainance and analysis of the metadata and full-text content flow from Open Access repositories to CORE. It will also enable the inclusion of more Open Access repositories in the future. The approach we are taking is that after the end of the project we want all the regular maintenance tasks to be performed directly from the user interface without requiring the administrator to have any knowledge of the source code. We believe that this is an important step towards sustainability of CORE.